Playful Playa del Carmen is the place to go for those who want access to both plenty of inviting beaches and lots of nightlife. Come here to go surfing, enjoy a terrific meal and dance the night away. In recent years, travelers from all over the world have come to this part of Mexico and loved every single minute of it. This global destination is ideal for a trip all year long. Come during spring break, when it’s winter elsewhere or for a family vacation during the summer. Playa del Carmen places include an ancient Mayan capital, accessible beaches, lots of shopping and plenty of places to disco. From the sea to the sand, life here is ready to go and have fun when you are.

Shop Quinta Avenida


Quinta Avenida is Spanish for Fifth Avenue. That’s what this area is designed to evoke: New York’s world famous shopping street. This is a great place to take a break from the sun. Many vacation rentals are just a short walk from this stretch of shops. Only a block or so from the beach, there’s almost everything a traveler could want. The entire avenue makes a fabulous forty block stroll to escape the heat of the day. Stroll into a shop lined with local art. When you’re done buying some wonderful regional items, it’s time to take a break. This the place to go in Playa del Carmen for a small nosh, a quick bar drink or a much larger meal.

The Rio Secreto


Another option on a really hot day, the Rio Secreto is an underground water cave stream. There’s beautiful waters in bright shades of vivid aquamarine and brightly colored cave walls. Children and adults can take a boat tour through the waters here with help from a local touring operation. The river is shallow enough that kids of age can safely swim here. They can also climb the cave walls and learn about the history of the area. The Rio is a memorable place that is unique to the area and one of Playa del Carmen places that call to everyone.

Xcaret


Xcaret is one of the region’s most admired and adored destinations. A short drive or bus ride from many vacation rentals, Xcaret combines many activities in a single place. There’s a beach for lounging along the waters. There’s also places to interact with wildlife like dolphins and stingrays. This is a wonderful destination if you want to see the region’s many marine mammals and the area’s colorful fish and reptiles. Children can slide down water slides that let them go really fast or grab a tube and invite friends along with them. After that, they can head to the turtle sanctuary or go snorkeling. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Xcaret has live performances that bring local culture to life. This is an excellent place to sample the regional cuisine. There are several local restaurants offering drinks and full meals all day long.